About Us

Message from the CEO

Welcome to the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies at Charles Sturt University, the world’s leading provider of training, education and research in the highly specialised areas of customs, excise and border management.

Our international leadership role has grown progressively over the past two decades, during which time we have worked closely with the World Customs Organization to raise the academic standing of the customs profession. Among other things, this has resulted in the establishment of the WCO Professional Standards, the International Network of Customs Universities and our flagship academic publication, the World Customs Journal.

The thousands of graduates whom we are proud to recognise as CCES alumni have risen to prominence in numerous roles within customs and the broader international trading community. It is very satisfying to see them applying their knowledge and skills in customs administrations, other government agencies, international organisations and private companies in over 120 countries.

Whether you are seeking to improve your personal knowledge, skills and competence in customs-related subjects, or looking for a professional partner to support your organisation’s training and development needs, we will be happy to provide you with the highest quality practical, academically sound products and services to meet you particular requirements.

Professor David Widdowson AM
Chief Executive Officer

In 2013 CCES announced a new partnership with Charles Sturt University (CSU), which is now the world’s largest provider of university education in law enforcement, counter-terrorism, emergency management, customs and border security. The partnership provides our students with further opportunities to formalise their skills in Customs Administration, Border Management and related fields.

CSU is also the largest regionally based university in Australia, enrolling over 44,000 students both around the world and in Australia. It is a leader in quality online learning, recognising that studying online provides maximum flexibility. It is both time-efficient and cost-effective and is a convenient way to increase your knowledge and skills. Studying online also provides the flexibility to meet ongoing work commitments without the need to attend lectures or workshops, which often involves costly travel expenses away from work and home life.

CCES delivers the following unique degree programs in partnership with CSU:

Our partnership with CSU is in addition to existing valued partnerships with other educational institutions including the University of Muenster, Community College of Qatar, Eastern and Southern African Management Institute, Shanghai Customs College and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.